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Elf and safety

A couple of readers have asked if we’ve had a change of heart, or at least of a change of plan, noticing the absence of posts recently. In short, no, not at all. I’ve always maintained that if I have nothing to say then I’m not going to write something for the sake of it,... Continue Reading →

Woolly thinking

When we move to France, in 2020, one of the issues to consider is "How on earth shall we fill our time?" Of course, there will be renovations to complete (now made much simpler due to my advanced woodworking skills - we'll be overrun with trivets), up to five chambres d’hôte to service, gites to... Continue Reading →

Something in the woodshed!

Having attended a 1970s all girls’ boarding school, apart from an aversion to the colour red (blazers, cardigans, belts and bobble hats!) and a vow to never eat a marrow again after the colossal marrow glut of 1976, I had the broad and balanced design technology curriculum of ‘Cooking’ and ‘Sewing’. Not even ‘Home Economics’... Continue Reading →

Parlez-vous français

The one piece of advice I’ve been given over and over again is learn to speak the language! If you want to make a success of living in France, then learn to speak French. But how many books have a I read recently where people make the decision to buy a house in France without... Continue Reading →

Talking Coq

Whilst Le Roi de Prusse is busy contemplating the practicalities of our imminent move to France; small details such as the legalities, taxation, where to buy paint, the fact that we can only bring over three of our four pets, the teeny, tiny issue of the fact that we both speak less than basic French…... Continue Reading →

Paint, bras and greeting cards…

Thinking ahead, I recently posted on a couple of useful online forums asking people what they wished they’d brought with them from ‘home’. I’d already read a few posts pointing out that pillows are typically square in France and that stocking up on fluffy towels in the John Lewis & Partners sale might be a... Continue Reading →

French Property News

Some great publicity for the blog this week with an appearance in the October issue of French Property News. I responded to a tweet requesting personal experiences and lo and behold there we are on page 7 with a link to this blog! The blog seems to have gone down well so far having been... Continue Reading →

Why wait?

Anyone who has been following this blog will know that our plan is to move to France in 2020, at the earliest. Why, given the uncertainty around at the moment, don’t we do it sooner you might ask? It’s a good question so here are just some of the answers… The biggest reason is our... Continue Reading →

Birthday

Turning 55 this week was the start of the two year countdown to our planned move to France. If all goes according to plan (fat chance of that) then August 21st 2020 will be an auspicious date, marking my 'retirement' from work and the start of our new adventure. Of course before then we have... Continue Reading →

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